The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


December 17, 2013

Dunnavant film 'Three Days at Foster' sheds a positive light


 “It’s for real, there is one here.”

That was an eye-opening line in the documentary “Three Days at Foster.”

The “one” refers to Wendell Hudson, the first black basketball player at the University of Alabama, when he was eating in the dining hall.

The film tells the story of integration in the Tide’s athletic program, referencing Foster Auditorium, where former Gov. George Wallace made his famed stand in the “schoolhouse door.”

Foster was also where the basketball team played and students registered for classes.

The writer/director/producer of the film is Athens native Keith Dunnavant. He brought his “little film back to Athens” last week with a showing in Athens State’s Standidge Center Ballroom.

“Foster is a monument to the power of change,” he said.

The “first day” is Wallace’s choreographed stand; the “second day” is the story of Danny Treadwell, the first black player at a predominantly white school – Huntsville’s Butler High in the early 1960s – during the state basketball championship at Foster; and the “third day” is when former Tide running back Wilbur Jackson brings his daughter to the reunion of the 1973 team. Jackson was the first black player to sign a football scholarship with Alabama.

Dunnavant isn’t a stranger to compelling stories. He is a veteran journalist – that’s hard for me to say since he was a stringer for me in 1979 when I was the sports editor at the old Huntsville News and he was barely in high school. Along with his newspaper background, he’s written and edited magazines and books.

His credits include biographies of football icons Paul “Bear” Bryant (“Coach”) and Bart Starr (“America’s Quarterback”) and two other classics about the sport, “The Missing Ring” and “The Fifty-Year Seduction.”

“Three Days” is his first foray into film and it was an 18-month-long project.

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